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After completing a seven-day quarantine ahead of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper, Virat Kohli, straightaway took to practice.

Virat Kohli also addressed his team ahead of their opening game against Mumbai Indians, with a stirring speech in training. The franchise uploaded a clip of his rousing pep talk on Thursday as part of their Bold Diaries series.

Known for high intensity and demands, the 32-year-old set out his expectations from his team ahead of the new campaign. Last season, RCB qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Although the skipper expressed his satisfaction with last year’s efforts, he wants RCB to build on their strong showing from 2020. He also urged the team to give their all on the field.

“All the new guys who have joined RCB, welcome to this amazing group of guys. As you know from the guys who have played here in the past, the atmosphere, the energy throughout the season will be amazing. The only thing I expect from you guys is to make the most of the time we spend on the field,” said Virat.

“Whether it is practice or game day, it is needless to mention I expect guys to play with intensity. That is the way we have always played and that won’t change,” he added.

“Last year was a great step in the right direction for us and I feel our squad’s even stronger this year. I expect good things to happen again. A lot of enjoyment happened last year, and the focus was to make the most of the time we had, especially in our practice sessions. There was no mucking around, no wasting time. We were professional with what we wanted to do. Had a lot of fun as well through the season,” he stated.

During the IPL 2021 Auction, RCB bought the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson while the franchise has also roped in promising domestic talents like Mohammed Azharuddeen and Rajat Patidar.

Virat further stated that every player has complete backing from the franchise, appealing to them to do something special in IPL 2021. He was quick to pay tribute to players like AB de Villiers, who have been with the team through thick and thin.

“All of us look forward to it, I certainly look forward to it. Having such new faces and exciting talent and some experienced guys, not old ones back with us! Let’s get off to a good start,” he concluded.

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